Breakout Star Faith Cherotich Bags Kenya Third Gold at World U20

Faith Cherotich
Kenya's Faith Cherotich during the World U20 3,000m steeplechase race in Cali, Colombia.
Oscar Munoz Badilla

Kenya’s Faith Cherotich bagged Kenya's third gold after winning the women's 3,000m steeplechase at the World Athletics U20 Championship in Cali, Colombia. 

The 18-year-old, who was a bronze medalist in 2021 when the Championships were held in Nairobi, put on a dominant display as she led from the start to the finish line. 

Cherotich - who is a Form Three student at Kalyet Secondary School in Kericho County - was followed by the Ethiopian duo of Sembo Almayew and Meseret Yeshaneh. 

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Kenya's Pamela Kosgei came fifth behind Tunisia's Rihab Dhahri who finished fourth. 

Kenya's Damaris Mutunga scooped silver in the women’s 400m race, after clocking a national Under-20 record of 51.71 seconds.  

The 16-year-old, who trains under coach Dennis Muthusi, is a Form Three student at St Martins Secondary School in Masinga, Machakos County.

The gold was claimed by pre-race favorite Yemi Mary John who cut the tape at a time of 51.50 to register her Personal Best.

India’s Rupa claimed bronze in the race with a time of 51.85 which marked her Personal Best with Norwegian Henriette Jæger setting a National World Under 20 Championships record in 52.23 to finish fourth. 

Cherotich and Mutunga's medals took Kenya's tally to six with three gold, one silver and two bronze.

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